June 2021

‘Very high risk’ paedophile used hidden devices to groom 12-year-old

A “very high risk” sex offender was snared by police after he groomed a 12 year-old girl online who turned out to be an undercover officer.

Paul Weekley, 61, breached a court order by using hidden devices to have secret online sex chats with the girl he believed to be a 12-year-old called Becca, Norwich Crown Court heard. 

Claire Matthews, prosecuting, said Weekley was already on the sex offenders register for previous convictions for possessing indecent images of children, and under the order his online use was meant to be able to be checked.

He had also moved to an address in Salisbury Road, Great Yarmouth, without informing authorities of his new address.

She said Weekley engaged in sexual conversations with Becca and also sent her explicit live webcam images of himself and asked if he could visit her.

Ms Matthews said when arrested in March, Weekley was found to have downloaded nine indecent images of children.

Weekley admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a 12-year-old, attempting to engage in sexual activity in front of a child and attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

He also admitted possession of indecent images and breaching his sexual harm prevention order.

Jailing him for three years and four months, Judge Andrew Shaw said Weekley was a “troubling individual” as he had been given a range of orders in the past to help him, but nothing had worked.

“It is only a matter of time before you seek out a child in person and cause substantial harm to that child by committing a serious sexual offence.”

He said Weekley had ignored his court order, and had used social media to make contact with someone he thought was 12, but in fact was an undercover police officer.

He warned Weekley that his sentences were only going to get longer unless he stopped offending, adding: “You are a very high risk individual.”

He also placed Weekley on the sex offenders register for life.

February 2014

Convicted sex offender found with indecent images jailed

A convicted sex offender was found to have indecent images of children on his computer and had been posing as a 12 year-old on chatroom sites, a court heard.

Paul Weekley, 54, who had a previous conviction for possessing indecent images of children, was “nervous” when officers arrived at his address to make a check on him and although he at first denied having access to the internet, they found he did have a computer which contained two indecent images of children, Norwich Crown Court was told.

Ben Brighouse, prosecuting, said Weekley also admitted to officers that he visited chatrooms posing as a 12-year-old to engage other children in conversation.

“He explained he would try to chat with them to push the boundaries. He would try to obtain images from them .”

Mr Brighouse said that Weekley also admitted swapping and distributing images with others.

The court heard that Weekley had been convicted in 2011 of possessing indecent images of children and had attended an internet sex offenders treatment programme, although he had not completed the course when he committed the further offences.

Weekley of Middlegate, Great Yarmouth, admitted possessing and making indecent images and also breaching his sexual offences prevention order.

Jailing him for 16 months and making him subject to the sexual offences prevention order for life, Judge Nicholas Coleman said although he had attended a course to help him stop re-offending, he had gone on to commit further offences.

He said: “What you did was in flagrant breach of the assistance that was being offered to you.”

Judge Coleman said although Weekley had not met up with any children in person he had been distributing images to others.

“You were also involved in a deceit pretending to be a 12 year-old.”

He said as Weekley was acting in such a devious way he regarded him as “rather dangerous.”